Switrzerland and Italy top Europe’s playoffs lineup
SWITZERLAND is the highest-ranked team in Europe’s World Cup playoffs after losing to Portugal in their qualifying duel Tuesday.
The Swiss were joined by Sweden and Greece in the eight-team playoff lineup.
FIFA draws the pairings in Zurich next Tuesday, one day after confirming seeding according to its monthly rankings.
Though Switzerland’s winning streak ended with a 2-0 loss in Lisbon, it was assured of the best record among nine group runners-up.
Slovakia misses out as the runnerup with the worst record. Results against last-place teams were excluded from the tiebreaker.
First-leg games are played Nov 9-11. Return games are Nov 12-14.
The World Cup tournament draw is made Dec 1 in Moscow. European playoffs: Seeded teams: Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Denmark.
Unseeded teams: Northern Ireland, Sweden, Ireland, Greece. – AP